Show Notes 11-01-2018

Thursday show notes 11-01-18

Trump announces plan to deny asylum-seekers who don’t show up at ports of entry, in latest major immigration policy shift
https://www.foxnews.com/politics/trump-caravan-remarks-at-the-white-house

Federal Employee Used Government Charge Card to Spend $400 at ‘Adult Entertainment Gentlemen’s Club’
https://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/cnsnewscom-staff/federal-employee-used-government-charge-card-spend-400-adult

This is the blue-collar, middle-class Trump economy
https://texasborderbusiness.com/the-west-wing-this-is-the-blue-collar-middle-class-trump-economy/

AL GORE WADES INTO A BITTER BATTLE OVER THE FATE OF FRACKING IN COLORADO
https://dailycaller.com/2018/10/29/al-gore-fracking-colorado/

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Show Notes 10-16-2018

Tuesday Show 10-16-18

Beer supplies in danger, warn global-warming activists
https://www.wnd.com/2018/10/beer-supplies-in-danger-warn-global-warming-activists/#CvDvci4K1CU5Js2v.99

‘Hyperalarming’ study shows massive insect loss
https://www.lmtonline.com/news/article/Hyperalarming-study-shows-massive-insect-loss-13308742.php

Why Haven’t We Found Aliens? Because We’re Just Not Looking Hard Enough
https://www.livescience.com/63843-look-harder-for-aliens.html

Show Notes 08-16-2018

Thursday show notes 08-16-18

Changes to Lord’s Prayer to Be Made Official in Italy
The Italian bishops conference announced Tuesday that changes to the Lord’s Prayer proposed by Pope Francis will take effect in Italy this November.
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DOJ: Iraqi Refugee Living in California Had Terrorist Connections
Omar Ameen, 45, an Iraqi national and suspected member of ISIS who came to the United States as a refugee, will be extradited to Iraq where he faces charges of murdering an Iraqi police officer, the Justice Department announced on Wednesday.
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Food Donated To Puerto Rico Hurricane Victims Found Rotting In Parking Lot
Ten shipping containers filled with food, baby products, and over-the-counter medications like Tylenol — all supplies desperately needed in the days and weeks following Hurricane Maria — were found rotting in a Puerto Rico parking lot last week, never distributed.
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Washington judge throws out children’s climate change lawsuit
King County Superior Court Judge Michael Scott ruled in favor of the State of Washington’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit, Aji P. v. State of Washington. The 13 young activists in the suit argue that the state is violating their constitutional rights through actions that cause climate change.
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SHOPIFY CEO: FREE SPEECH ‘UNWORKABLE,’ PURGES GUN SELLERS
The CEO of major online retailing platform Shopify deleted a post detailing the company’s commitment to free speech this week as the company began purging gun-related retailers.
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MASTERCARD ORDERS CRITIC OF JIHAD DROPPED
The author of 18 bestselling books, Robert Spencer is known for regularly pointing out that the perpetrators of more than 33,000 terrorist attacks since 9/11 have cited Islamic scripture as the motivation for their often deadly acts of violence.
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Red tide crisis: The science behind the toxic algae bloom on Florida’s Gulf Coast
Florida’s red tide, which was declared an emergency by Gov. Rick Scott on Monday, has been devastating marine life on Florida’s Gulf Coast this summer. Beaches have been littered with dead sea life as a result of the naturally occurring toxic algae.
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China Just Tested a Hypersonic Weapon That Could Launch Nukes at 6 Times the Speed of Sound
China successfully tested a hypersonic aircraft on Friday (Aug. 3), one that could one day be capable of firing nuclear missiles around the planet at up to six times the speed of sound, according to China’s state-run news site China Daily.
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Bug-Sized Robot Competitors to Swarm DARPA’s ‘Robot Olympics’
Picture the Olympic Games — except instead of human athletes, the competitors are all insect-sized robots. That’s the scenario proposed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), representatives said in a statement.
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Show notes 06-11-2018

Monday show notes 06-11-18

The Transition Of This “Transgender” Family Points Out One Major Point
One family went through unthinkable horror when a mother was faced with her son wanting to become a “girl.” But instead of getting him the help he needed, you won’t believe how far she took the “transgender” ideology in her home.
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Centuries Of Tradition Crumble To Progressive Policies
Our American colleges and universities are becoming some of the most progressive institutions in the nation. The left loves to sink their teeth into vulnerable young students who are away from home for the first time and on a path of self-discovery.
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Scott Pruitt, here’s evidence backing your global warming statement
The Heartland Institute, which promotes free-market solutions to social and economic problems, is offering to help Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt respond to a federal judge’s order to substantiate his stance on global warming.
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PRESIDENT TRUMP SLAMS “Very Dishonest and Weak” Canadian PM Trudeau For Making “False Statements” About Trade At G7 Summit
President Donald Trump unloaded on Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau Saturday for remarks the G7 summit host made on trade, announcing the U.S. will not endorse the communique signed by the seven largest advanced economies in the world.
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Why Mueller is getting desperate
$16.7 million. That’s the bill for the Mueller investigation. The last spending phase, from October to March, included $2.7 million in salaries with another $532,340 in travel expenses. And there’s no sign that this hideously expensive circus is ever going to end.
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Do high levels of CO2 in the past contradict the warming effect of CO2?

From Skeptical Science:

Climate Myth: CO2 was higher in the past
“The killer proof that CO2 does not drive climate is to be found during the Ordovician- Silurian and the Jurassic-Cretaceous periods when CO2 levels were greater than 4000 ppmv (parts per million by volume) and about 2000 ppmv respectively. If the IPCC theory is correct there should have been runaway greenhouse induced global warming during these periods but instead there was glaciation.”
(The Lavoisier Group)

Over the Earth’s history, there are times where atmospheric CO2 is higher than current levels. Intriguingly, the planet experienced widespread regions of glaciation during some of those periods. Does this contradict the warming effect of CO2? No, for one simple reason. CO2 is not the only driver of climate. To understand past climate, we need to include other forcings that drive climate. To do this, one study pieced together 490 proxy records to reconstruct CO2 levels over the last 540 million years (Royer 2006). This period is known as the Phanerozoic eon.


Figure 1: Atmospheric CO2 through the Phanerozoic. Dashed line shows predictions of the GEOCARB carbon cycle model with grey shading representing uncertainty range. Solid line shows smoothed representation of the proxy record (Royer 2006).

Atmospheric CO2 levels have reached spectacular values in the deep past, possibly topping over 5000 ppm in the late Ordovician around 440 million years ago. However, solar activity also falls as you go further back. In the early Phanerozoic, solar output was about 4% less than current levels. The combined net effect from CO2 and solar variations are shown in Figure 2. Periods of geographically widespread ice are indicated by shaded areas.


Figure 2: Combined radiative forcing from CO2 and sun through the Phanerozoic. Values are expressed relative to pre-industrial conditions (CO2 = 280 ppm; solar luminosity = 342 W/m2). The dark shaded bands correspond to periods with strong evidence for geographically widespread ice.

Periods of low CO2 coincide with periods of geographically widespread ice (with one notable exception, discussed below). This leads to the concept of the CO2-ice threshold – the CO2 level required to initiate a glaciation. When the sun is less active, the CO2-ice threshold is much higher. For example, while the CO2-ice threshold for present-day Earth is estimated to be 500 ppm, the equivalent threshold during the Late Ordovician (450 million years ago) is 3000 ppm.

However, until recently, CO2 levels during the late Ordovician were thought to be much greater than 3000 ppm which was problematic as the Earth experienced glacial conditions at this time. The CO2 data covering the late Ordovician is sparse with one data point in the CO2 proxy record close to this period – it has a value of 5600 ppm. Given that solar output was around 4% lower than current levels, CO2 would need to fall to 3000 ppm to permit glacial conditions. Could CO2 levels have fallen this far? Given the low temporal resolution of the CO2 record, the data was not conclusive.

Research examining strontium isotopes in the sediment record shed more light on this question (Young 2009). Rock weathering removes CO2 from the atmosphere. The process also produces a particular isotope of strontium, washed down to the oceans via rivers. The ratio of strontium isotopes in sediment layers can be used to construct a proxy record of continental weathering activity. The strontium record shows that around the middle Ordovician, weatherability increased leading to an increased consumption of CO2. However, this was balanced by increased volcanic outgassing adding CO2 to the atmosphere. Around 446 million years ago, volcanic activity dropped while rock weathering remained high. This caused CO2 levels to fall below 3000 ppm, initiating cooling. It turns out falling CO2 levels was the cause of late Ordovician glaciation.

So we see that comparisons of present day climate to periods 500 million years ago need to take into account that the sun was less active than now. What about times closer to home? The last time CO2 was similar to current levels was around 3 million years ago, during the Pliocene. Back then, CO2 levels remained at around 365 to 410 ppm for thousands of years. Arctic temperatures were 11 to 16°C warmer (Csank 2011). Global temperatures over this period is estimated to be 3 to 4°C warmer than pre-industrial temperatures.  Sea levels were around 25 metres higher than current sea level (Dwyer 2008).

If climate scientists were claiming CO2 was the only driver of climate, then high CO2 during glacial periods would be problematic. But any climate scientist will tell you CO2 is not the only driver of climate. Climatologist Dana Royer says it best“the geologic record contains a treasure trove of ‘alternative Earths’ that allow scientists to study how the various components of the Earth system respond to a range of climatic forcings.” Past periods of higher CO2 do not contradict the notion that CO2 warms global temperatures. On the contrary, they confirm the close coupling between CO2 and climate.

Intermediate rebuttal written by John Cook


Update July 2015:

Here is a related lecture-video from Denial101x – Making Sense of Climate Science Denial

Show Notes 08-05-17

Saturday Show 8-5-17

Nets Barely Notice Venezuela’s Vote for Dictatorship
Venezuela’s president held a sham election on July 30 that created an assembly out of his own supporters, to bypass that country’s elected representatives and rewrite the constitution.
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Local Butcher Shop hangs animal-rights sign under duress to stop protests
Reminiscent of the “smoking kills” labels on packs of cigarettes, a sign denouncing the killing of animals now hangs, counterintuitively, in the window of a North Berkeley butcher shop.
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Mom who killed home invader: ‘It was either him or me, and I wasn’t going’
Homicide detectives are investigating a deadly home invasion in Cobb County.
Marietta police said a 911 call came in from the 90 block of Griggs Street around 2:30 a.m. Thursday.
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Top Trump Admin Intelligence Official Ezra Cohen-Watnick – Fired! McMasters Being Shown the Door
The White House is currently going through a massive shakeup. It was just announced that Ezra Cohen-Watnick, the senior director for intelligence on the National Security Council, has been fired.
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Today’s hottest collectible cars are trucks
Forget about classic sports and luxury cars, the hottest collectibles today are trucks.
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China Tears Down the Tibetan City in the Sky
At the eastern end of the vast Tibetan Plateau lies a sprawling monastery named Larung Gar, which is the largest Tibetan Buddhist institute in the world and a monumental landmark to Tibetan culture, religion, and history.
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Poll: More Americans Consider Islamic State a Major Threat (74%) Than Climate Change (56%)
More U.S. adults consider the Islamic State and cyber security as major threats to the country than consider global climate change to be a major threat, according to a survey released Tuesday by the non-partisan Pew Research Center.
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Corruption! Australia’s Weather Bureau Caught Tampering with Climate Data
Australian scientists at the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) ordered a review of temperature recording instruments after the government agency was caught tampering with temperature logs in several locations.
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EXCLUSIVE: Al Gore’s Home Devours 34 Times More Electricity Than Average U.S. Household
On Friday, Al Gore’s sequel to “An Inconvenient Truth” – “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” – arrives in movie theaters across the country.
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Cannabis Grower Buys California Town to Build Pot-Friendly Outpost
American Green Inc., a maker of cannabis products, is taking an unusual step to attract new customers as it capitalizes on California legalizing marijuana: It’s buying an entire town.
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U.S. Faces Looming Shortage Of Primary Care Physicians
America will soon face a shortage of as many as 90,000 doctors. CBS2’s Dr. Max Gomez reports a combination of retiring doctors and increasing demand will lead to a significant need for primary care physicians. But some medical schools are working to ease the problem.
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Trump’s border wall, immigration plans re-emerge at top of national debate
President Trump’s campaign promise to build a border wall is again starting to galvanize Washington after months of taking a back seat to ObamaCare and the investigation into Russian election meddling.
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Show Notes 06-04-17

Sunday show 6/4/17

 75th anniversary of The Battle of Midway
 In the wake of the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, the U.S. was at war with Japan. By early 1942, the Japanese were continuing to flex their naval might, seeking to target Navy carriers not destroyed at Pearl Harbor, and keen on eliminating the Navy presence and threat in the Pacific.
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THE BATTLE OF MIDWAY: THE COMPLETE INTELLIGENCE STORY
The Battle of Midway in June of 1942 was one of the most important naval battles in world history and a turning point in the Second World War. Between June 4 and 7, aircraft from aircraft carriers Enterprise, Yorktown, and Hornet of the U.S. Navy’s Task Forces 16 and 17 ambushed and sank the Imperial Japanese Navy’s carrier force that only six months before had attacked Pearl Harbor and terrorized the Pacific.
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‘Make our planet great again’ – Macron rebukes Trump (in English) for ditching Paris climate deal
French President Emmanuel Macron said Donald Trump had made an historic error by abandoning the Paris climate agreement, and urged frustrated US climate scientists and entrepreneurs to come and work in France.
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This company is helping California conservatives move… to Texas
Two-time congressional candidate Paul Chabot let go of his political ambitions after losing to incumbent Pete Aguilar in November. Chabot has found a new pursuit. Last week, he launched the website Conservative Move. It’s a business aimed at helping people leave blue states like California and move places where they might be a little more comfortable — like North Texas, where Chabot and his family moved in January.
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EPA Director Says He and Trump Didn’t Talk About President’s Views on Global Warming
EPA Director Scott Pruitt said Friday that he and the president never discussed what his views were on whether climate change is real. Their conversation was strictly confined to whether the Paris Climate Accord is good for the country.
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U.S. SCHOOLS ‘BOWING’ TO ISLAM DURING RAMADAN
High schools across America are being pressured to offer time off school, in-school prayer rooms, and special dietary demands by Muslim students observing the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.
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What is a patent?
A patent is a right granted to an inventor by the federal government that permits the inventor to exclude others from making, selling or using the invention for a period of time.
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THANKS TO PATENT, AUTOMAKER’S FINGERS ALWAYS IN YOUR WALLET
The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled on behalf of consumers in a lawsuit by Lexmark International, the maker of computer printer ink cartridges. The company wanted to control what happens to its cartridges after they’re sold, seeking to prevent anyone from refilling them instead of buying a new one.
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WHY DID SOME U.S. FIRMS SUPPORT PARIS AGREEMENT?
Since well before former President Barack Obama signed onto it as an executive agreement (because he knew the Senate wouldn’t ratify it), a number of large American corporations have supported the Paris climate accord.
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